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5534Christ Sophia

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  • lady_caritas
    Jan 17, 2002
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      In Valentinian literature we see Christ and
      Sophia reunited in the bridal chamber. Gnosis, bringing
      reconciliation, reverses ignorance, which brought about
      separation. ( <a href=http://www.cyberus.ca/~brons/sophia_eve.htm target=new>http://www.cyberus.ca/~brons/sophia_eve.htm</a> )
      <br><br>Recent discussion about androgyny reminded me of some
      icons I had run across outside the Gnostic purview or
      perhaps even as a result of Gnostic influences.
      <br><br>The name, Sophia, �Holy Wisdom,� was a name given to
      Christ as early as the fourth century. In 325 A.D.
      Constantine erected the basilica, Hagia Sophia, which has
      been restored many times since. The name symbolized
      the second divine attribute of the Holy
      Trinity.<br><br>An example of a Christ Sophia
      icon:<br><br><a href=http://www.bridgebuilding.com/narr/gso.html target=new>http://www.bridgebuilding.com/narr/gso.html</a> <br><br>This next Russian Orthodox icon, entitled
      �Hagia Hesychia" or �Holy Silence,� and depicting a
      feminine image of Christ, is from the eighteenth
      century<br><br><a href=http://www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/xpxx/xpsophia.html target=new>http://www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/xpxx/xpsophia.html</a> <br><br>This is a modern rendition of the same
      <br><br><a href=http://puffin.creighton.edu/jesuit/andre/i_silence.html target=new>http://puffin.creighton.edu/jesuit/andre/i_silence.html</a><br><br>What I have always found mind boggling is the myopic
      view of many practitioners of western orthodox
      Christianity in not recognizing (or at least refusing to give
      proper acknowledgment and interpretation because of
      patriarchal influence to) ALL the Sophia references prevalent
      throughout their own canon, even identifying Jesus with
      Sophia. (Please see:
      <a href=http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/book-sum/sophia.html target=new>http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/book-sum/sophia.html</a> Note the references to scripture in this review
      that were also interpreted by Gnostics ~ John, I
      Corinthians.) <br><br>Unfortunately, within some groups the
      pendulum has swung from a general western orthodox
      Christian acceptance of a �male� God to the counteracting,
      opposite extreme of some feminists claiming God is a
      �she.� I�m led to wonder if the mighty pendulum will
      ever settle in a balancing middle ground to allow a
      healing influence of the female principle to balance our
      male-dominated society. This could be difficult as long as many
      orthodox Christians insist on their anthropomorphized God,
      not to mention viewing Jesus as both man and God. An
      androgynous orthodox God? Well, maybe in liberal circles . .
      . ;-)<br><br>Cari